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Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Baby bottle coffee drinks and censorship: The ultimate guide to Arab TikTok

Although TikTok provides a platform for creative expression and political speech, repressive governments around the world attempt to censor users—and the Middle East is no exception. Those in charge are fearful of the app’s quick-sharing nature, which can allow anything from popular dances to government slander to spread rapidly.

MENASource by Samantha Treiman

Media Middle East

Fri, Apr 9, 2021

Jordan was never ‘boring.’ A vibrant protest movement has been ignored for too long.

The greatest risk to Jordan’s stability remains that political and economic reform has been delayed for too long, and the little space that remains for Jordanians to express their legitimate frustration and dissent is narrowing every day.

MENASource by Tuqa Nusairat

Civil Society Coronavirus

Fri, Apr 9, 2021

Russia is friendly with the Houthis in Yemen. But it’s complicated.

Even though Moscow may not be militarily involved in Yemen does not mean that Russia is uninvolved.

MENASource by Mark N. Katz

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

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Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Baby bottle coffee drinks and censorship: The ultimate guide to Arab TikTok

Although TikTok provides a platform for creative expression and political speech, repressive governments around the world attempt to censor users—and the Middle East is no exception. Those in charge are fearful of the app’s quick-sharing nature, which can allow anything from popular dances to government slander to spread rapidly.

MENASource by Samantha Treiman

Media Middle East

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Iran’s botched handling of the coronavirus may impact June election

Given the economic uncertainty, unrest in the upcoming election season is possible. An excessive vaccination fee, rumors of nepotism as the vaccination programs roll out, black market distribution of vaccines, or distribution of fake vaccines could ignite a wildfire—especially under current circumstances.

IranElections2021 by Masoud Mostajabi

Coronavirus Iran

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

FAST THINKING: Did the Iran nuclear talks just blow up?

Iran’s ability to enrich uranium for potential use in nuclear weapons may have suffered a severe blow on Sunday after an explosion knocked out power at its Natanz nuclear site, while indirect talks continue in Vienna around reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Will the explosion blow up those negotiations? And what will its impact be on Iran itself and the country’s nuclear program?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Crisis Management Iran

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Iran’s June elections could consolidate hardline power before Khamenei succession

For hardliners in Iran, the June 18 presidential election is less about choosing a new executive branch chief than about consolidating power centers before the time comes to choose Iran’s real ruler: the next Supreme Leader.

IranElections2021 by Anonymous

Iran Middle East

Fri, Apr 9, 2021

Jordan was never ‘boring.’ A vibrant protest movement has been ignored for too long.

The greatest risk to Jordan’s stability remains that political and economic reform has been delayed for too long, and the little space that remains for Jordanians to express their legitimate frustration and dissent is narrowing every day.

MENASource by Tuqa Nusairat

Civil Society Coronavirus

Fri, Apr 9, 2021

Russia is friendly with the Houthis in Yemen. But it’s complicated.

Even though Moscow may not be militarily involved in Yemen does not mean that Russia is uninvolved.

MENASource by Mark N. Katz

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Apr 8, 2021

Slavin joins i24 to discuss lifting US sanctions on Iran

In the News

Economic Sanctions Iran

Thu, Apr 8, 2021

Dagres in the Guardian: “The biggest impediment to a new nuclear deal with Iran? Domestic politics”

In the News

Iran Middle East

Thu, Apr 8, 2021

Beyond the war: The history of French-Libyan relations

On February 23, 2011, French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared to the world his revulsion at the brutalities taking place in Libya: “The international community cannot remain a spectator to all the massive violations of human rights,” he said. Much had changed in the relationship between Sarkozy and Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi since the latter’s visit to France in 2007. Much has also changed in Libya and the rest of the world since these declarations were uttered and the ensuing intervention by NATO began.

Issue Brief by Farah Rasmi

Conflict France

Thu, Apr 8, 2021

‘Here’s the (Iran) deal, folks’: Americans are fine with a return to the JCPOA

Thanks to the fact that the Donald Trump administration’s unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA has been such an obvious and abysmal failure, a majority of Americans now support the original deal.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Iran Middle East